How to Update Your RSS Feed

This tutorial shows how to update your RSS feed from within Specify 7. For this to work, you first must have the following app resources configured:

  • ExportFeed
  • DwCA export mapping
  • DwCA export metadata

You can view our Specify 7 Webinar [29:29] on configuring these, our written documentation for exporting to Symbiota and others, and our technical documentation of these resources on our GitHub.

If you have used the RSS exporting before or it has been configured by Specify Software, you can proceed.

Members can contact support@specifysoftware.org for assistance in establishing these as well.


Step 1: Log in to your database.

Step 2: Click on your username in the navigation menu.

Step 3: Click on Update RSS Feed

Next click Update.

You can safely close this dialog. It usually can take up to 5 minutes to complete the update. This take longer depending on the size of your data set.

Step 4: Once you see the button turn orange, click on the Notifications button in the navigation menu.

Step 5: You should now see the name of the RSS feed item that you can share with data aggregators such as iDigBio or GBIF.

You can click on the button (in this case, Kuit-Dwca.Zip) to download a copy of your export.

You can obtain the RSS feed link to share by right-clicking on the ZIP folder name and copying the address.

This URL can be sent to the data aggregator so that they can regularly update your data from that link. It is static, meaning that it will always remain the same and have the most recent export’s data.